Panic disorder

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What is panic disorder?

Panic disorder is a specific psychological phenomenon characterized by sudden onset of anxiety (often unrelated to objective events), accompanied by autonomic symptoms such as tachycardia, paresthesia, flushing, and sweating.

Common symptoms reported by people with panic disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
308
Tried for
panic disorder (265) anxious mood (177)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
179
Tried for
panic disorder (160) anxious mood (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
160
Tried for
panic disorder (122) panic attacks (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
136
Tried for
depressed mood (105) panic disorder (67)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
depressed mood (106) panic disorder (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
depressed mood (98) panic disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
anxious mood (74) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
anxious mood (49) depressed mood (43)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
anxious mood (52) depressed mood (24)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
pain (51) anxious mood (13)
3 more

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with panic disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (141 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 37 more
Total evaluations
186
Tried for
panic disorder (265) anxious mood (177)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (75 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness tiredness 29 more
Total evaluations
95
Tried for
panic disorder (160) anxious mood (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic disorder (60 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 34 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
panic disorder (122) panic attacks (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (60 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) sexual dysfunction 51 more
Total evaluations
95
Tried for
depressed mood (105) panic disorder (67)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (65 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 52 more
Total evaluations
80
Tried for
depressed mood (106) panic disorder (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (51 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness brain fog 46 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
depressed mood (98) panic disorder (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness daytime sleepiness 10 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
anxious mood (74) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (51 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction drowsiness 42 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
anxious mood (49) depressed mood (43)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness abdominal pain 17 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
anxious mood (52) depressed mood (24)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness balance problems 31 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
pain (51) anxious mood (13)
3 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with panic disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has panic disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 61
20s 1,524
30s 4,182
40s 4,942
50s 4,163
60s 1,807
70+ 350
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,512
20-29 years 1,048
30-39 years 630
40-49 years 362
50-59 years 94
60-69 years 13
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4,663
Female 12,484

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,050
Not Diagnosed 2,092

These charts show data from panic disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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